How do you preserve an antique quilt?

How do you preserve an antique quilt?

Store quilts in acid-free paper, white cotton pillowcases or white cotton sheets to protect them from light and dust, Koval says. Then place them in a closet, cupboard or blanket box. Occasionally rotate stacked quilts, moving the one on the bottom to the top to redistribute weight.

What’s the best way to store old quilts?

You can store your quilt in an acid-free box, wrap it in a piece of washed, unbleached muslin or fold it in a pillowcase. Never keep it in a cardboard box or plastic bag.

How do you store quilts in archival?

Use Tissue Paper Covering your quilt with archival tissue paper before you fold it for storage is highly recommended. When used this way, this tissue paper ends up BETWEEN the folds of your quilt and adds extra protection by helping to support the material and reduce the likelihood of it becoming indelibly creased.

Is it OK to store quilts in a cedar chest?

Thou shalt not store quilts in cedar or hope chests. Raw wood produces acid that is bad for textiles.

Should quilts be stored in plastic bags?

Thou shalt not store a quilt in a plastic container or bag. This method often causes mold and mildew because it traps in any moisture, causing fibers to break down and leaving discoloration and staining. Another issue would be that plastic attracts insects. 2.

How do you clean an old quilt?

Wash it with quilt wash on a gentle cycle in a front-loading machine, if possible. Rinse and spin twice to remove all residues. To dry, lay the quilt flat on a sheet outdoors or on a bed. If drying it outdoors, cover the quilt with another sheet to protect it from passing birds.

Is it safe to store quilts in vacuum bags?

The same issue applies to storing your down comforter in a vacuum bag. By compressing your comforter down, they can damage the feathers. You can get away with using a vacuum bag so long as you leave around a bit of air in the bag so you don’t fully compress the feathers.

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